Infographic: Defining the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) has gone from being a topic best left to technology futurists to one that is about as common as corn flakes. Despite a lot of talk, there remains confusion about just how important this technology breakthrough will be for the supply chain. We're somewhat clear that end-users will be embracing…

The Talent Pinch

If you haven't felt the pinch yet, you may soon. There's a link missing in the supply chain, and it may take time to repair. The gap is in talent, and the number of people needed to fill all levels of the vast number of supply chain and logistics jobs being created every year is…

The Oncoming Tide of E-Waste

Electronics have become an integral, almost mundane, part of our everyday lives. The convenience they bring is great, but there is a downside to their presence. The other day, one of the students I work with took apart a plug-in air freshener for a project he was working on. The whole office was surprised to…

Logistics: Breaking Down the Brotherhood

Logistics, as an industry, may be the most male-centric bastion of the supply chain world. From the classroom to the boardroom, women remain a minority. This recent infographic from Morai Logistics lays out the reality from a variety of perspectives, including education, salary, and more. I'm seeing some positive movements in terms of bringing women…

Infographic: Understand the Supply Chain Talent Gap

Increasingly, supply chain professionals have a place at the corporate table during critical strategic discussions. It's important, then, to make sure that supply chain professionals are fully trained and up for the task of leadership. Unfortunately, many of today's supply chain professionals haven't been sufficiently trained for the task, a recent study by the American…

Global Trade Management Conquers Emerging Markets

Emerging markets growth is imminent. “Global trade management will mature as a critical capability in managing growth in emerging markets,” according to research and recently released Predictions for 2014 by IDC Manufacturing Insight. Both manufacturers and their IT suppliers are looking at emerging global markets in Asia Pacific, South America, and the Middle East. This…